Posted on January 21 2020

3D laser etching machine in motion

There are many ways of creating deal toys with 3D detail. You can physically get a 3D model of something or you can 3D etch. NOW we can also 3D etch from a photo. 

The time has come to introduce our new deal toy technology: 3D Laser Etching!

Traditionally, in order to create a 360-degree sketch, it was necessary to have visuals of the object from all angles. In many cases, such as recreating a building that hasn’t been built yet, that simply wasn’t an option. Even a well composed photograph could not be reproduced as a 3D model because of the lens distortion and lighting.   


Enter our newest advance: 3D laser etch from a photo! What this process does is it generates a topographic 3D model based on the photo’s depth of field, therefore giving dimension to a 2D image. 


As an example, we have the below image of a ship that is being used for a deal toy design. On the first image, you see the traditional 3D etch from a physical item, where visuals from all angles, such as the ships blueprints, would be needed. Below, you’ll see an example of 3D etching from a photo where we etch with a topographic extrude. 

Boat 3D etched inside crystal

Traditional 3D etching

Boat 3D etched inside crystal from a photo

3D etching from a photo

Another feature of 3D etch from a photo is that we can fill a lot of empty space. Using the two examples above, you’ll see that the traditional 3D etch on the left has a lot of space around it. The etching must be smaller to accommodate the depth of the scene. While the example on the right, the 3D etch from a photo fills an entire crystal rectangle. 


This process can also help if you’ve ever requested to include and person or an animal. Sometimes, creating a 3D model from a photo, doesn’t always capture the personality of an individual the way the actual portrait does.  


3D etching from a photo - old man in crystal

To help capture the personality of thsource being etched, this technology can etch the profiles with a topographic extrude. While in the past, we’ve 3D etched photos on a simple plane. The difference between the two can make a huge difference.  


3D etching from a photo can open up a world of possibilities for your deal gifts! If you have an image you want to see come to life, contact us and we’ll put together a free design mockup and quote.  

Horse and carriage 3D etch from a photoHorse and carriage 3D etch from a photo

Front view VS Top view

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